Bestselling author and quiltmaker Jennifer Chiaverini tells us the story behind Sarah’s Collection. “In the first Elm Creek Quilt novel, The Quilter’s Apprentice, Sarah McClure is hired to help master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson prepare her ancestral estate for sale. After quilting lessons become the foundation for a blossoming friendship between the two women, Sarah proposes turning Elm Creek Manor into a retreat for quilters—and Elm Creek Quilt Camp was born. The rose fabrics are reminiscent of the beautiful rose gardens on the estate grounds, where Sarah and Sylvia share many significant moments. The Bachelor’s Puzzle print is a nod to one of the blocks from Sarah’s first quilt, a sampler she makes under Sylvia’s guidance. The delicate paisley pattern was inspired by the paisley fabric Sarah chooses as a signature print for her sampler. I associate Sarah’s Collection with my reader’s guide to the series, An Elm Creek Quilts Companion: New Fiction, Traditions, Quilts, and Favorite Moments from the Beloved Series. The new book includes an exclusive short story inspired by questions from real readers of the series.”
In addition to the rose designs in Sarah’s Collection, there’s a border stripe, a windowpane check, and a tiny floral that works perfectly as a texture. This collection is sure to please quilters who love to sew with floral fabrics in pretty pinks and sage greens in traditional quilts, home décor projects, and apparel. For inspiration, see Jennifer’s newest pattern book, Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts, a treasure trove of traditional blocks.